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10 Times Being a Minimalist is a Pain in the Butt

December 12, 2017
10 Times Being a Minimalist is a Pain in the Butt | Tiny Ambitions

If you’ve read any other posts here at Tiny Ambitions, you know I tend to write about some heavier topics like privilege and letting go of the past. This week though, I wanted to go in a different direction and do something a little more light-hearted. Maybe even something a little silly!

Because, it’s the holidays. We’ve got enough to deal with right now.

Being a minimalist is great. I would never want to go back to my pre-minimalist days (and my wallet couldn’t handle it). But, let’s be honest. Sometimes being a minimalist is a pain. Sometimes, it would be a whole lot more convenient to be a maximalist. Here are 10 times being a minimalist is a pain in the butt (that I could think of off the top of my head). It should go without saying that this list is very much in jest!

1) When You Socialize

We had a small gathering on the weekend of people who live in our building (spoiler: no one came). But, when we were prepping, we realized we didn’t have enough chairs, plates or cups for more than eight people. Our plan was to just stand the whole night and eat off napkins. Maybe it’s better no one showed up.

2) When You Commute

We’re a one car family at the moment. And, we work on opposite sides of town. The bad news? I’m always at work 45 minutes early. The good news? The early bird gets the worm (or the promotion because you look super dedicated).

3) When You Buy Something

When you buy something as a self-proclaimed minimalist – watch out! People are going to judge you so hard. Because obviously, people can’t be two things at once. The two things, in this case, is a person who is a minimalist and a person who also really wants those cute bunny slippers from the mall.

4) When You Do Laundry

If I don’t do laundry every week, I will literally run out of clothes to wear to work (aka I’ll run out of underwear). Being a minimalist and being lazy are not mutually exclusive. If I had more clothes I could do laundry way less often. And some weekends that sounds like the best idea ever.

5) When You Do Dishes

We somehow don’t have enough dishes to fill the dishwasher while simultaneously we don’t have enough clean ones left to use. Laziness strikes again.

6) When You Have a Pet

Sadly, my cat doesn’t know about minimalism. When she wants something new to play with, she gets something new to play with. There is nothing like the consequences of not giving into your pet’s every whim (hello 4 am wakeup call).

7) When You Have a Minimalist Partner

Yes, it’s great to have a minimalist partner. Sometimes though, it’s also super annoying. Like when I see something new and sparkly that I want and Mr. Tiny Ambitions says ‘we’re minimalists, remember?’ Cue my eye roll. Major buzzkill reporting for duty.

8) When You Tell Your Friends

Telling someone, ‘Oh, I’m a minimalist’, is right up there on the obnoxious scale with telling someone ‘Oh, I’m a gluten-free, raw-food vegan.’ Get over yourself already.

9) When You Take Out the Trash

Our tiny half-filled garbage bag always looks so pitiful next to the bursting-at-the-seams bag of our neighbours. Serious garbage FOMO.

10) When You Go Grocery Shopping

Our fridge and $200 grocery bill didn’t get the memo that we are minimalists. We like things organized, but our fridge is like a real-life game of Tetris. I will make everything fit at all costs.


Did I miss anything? Share in the comments when minimalism has been a pain in your butt!! Hope you had a laugh!

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  • Terri December 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    i am lucky and my roomie and I usually go two weeks before we do laundry, but I need to downsize because I’m not using everything I have. And I know it.

    i love the garbage FOMO – we are the same way! We’ve begun composting our kitchen produce scraps and we recycle as much as we can (although my city, Albuquerque doesn’t recycle glass from the curb – how dumb is that?)

    • Britt December 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

      It’s so interesting how different cities deal with recycling. Where I live (Northern Ontario), only very specific kinds of plastics are recycled. Since I don’t want to add more waste, we’ve had to become very conscious of the kinds of food products we buy to make sure we can recycle them properly. The upside is that it’s made us more mindful consumers. And that’s never a bad thing! Thanks for reading!

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment December 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hehe! I can definitely relate to a lot of these! My minimalist pain in the butt moment is when there aren’t any clean glasses left and I’m actually sitting there drinking water from a mason jar feeling VERY self-conscious about accidentally being a hipster 😆😎

    • Britt December 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Oh my gosh yes. All I drink out of are mason jars (I just prefer them). But I am always conscious of how much of a hipster they make me look!

      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment December 12, 2017 at 11:37 pm

        Hahaha! That seems like a really good idea in terms of saving space and not doubling up on items!!

  • Erin | Reaching for FI December 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hah the garbage FOMO made me laugh. My parents are definitely garbage minimalists and recycling/composting maximalists! They complain that they’d rather the city pick up their overflowing recycling every week and their trash every two weeks instead of the opposite. They’re maximalists in a number of other ways (especially my mother), but that’s a good thing to be minimalist for!

    Also shame on you for wanting cute bunny slippers, you horrible minimalist! 😉

    • Britt December 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I know right!? How dare I actually want to buy something. That’s minimalist blasphemy!

  • Leigh December 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I hear you about the laundry! I have enough socks and underwear for about two weeks but with we still need to do laundry every week because otherwise I run out of tops, dresses, or tights. It’s a bit exhausting sometimes and makes planning around weekend trips annoying. It is really nice to only have clothes I like and wear regularly in my closet though 🙂

    • Britt December 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      That’s definitely the upside! But yes, if I didn’t have to do laundry every week it would be the greatest!

  • Dave @ Married with Money December 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    LOL at the garbage FOMO. We aren’t minimalists by any definition of the word but we feel the same way – with just two of us we really don’t generate much garbage. We recycle as much as we can and reuse things when we can, too.

    the commute thing…I hear ya there. Thankfully we don’t have the issue with being on the other side of town THAT much (we are, but since we live in the burbs it’s on the way anyhow) and it can definitely be a pain.

    • Britt December 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Garbage FOMO is real! We recently moved to a city with a much better recycling program than where we lived before so we just don’t have that much to throw out! It’s definitely a nice problem to have. Thanks for reading Dave.

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